Michigan Republicans recently pushed through legislation that would severely restrict a woman's right to make decisions about her health. At today's "Middle Class Under the Bus" tour stop in Lansing, Michigan, State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer had a few questions on where Romney stands when it comes to women's health:
"Will Mitt Romney turn his back on Michigan women and refuse to stand up to the extremists in his own party who have just passed the most restrictive anti-choice bill in the entire country?
"I am not optimistic. We have seen time and time again that Romney is not willing to stand up for women—whether it was his refusal to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on a college student who had the temerity to champion access to birth control for issues of health; his refusal to say whether he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; or right up to his cowardly silence two weeks ago on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Will Mitt Romney stand up for women and speak out against these extreme laws that will make it incredibly difficult for women to obtain proper preventive care or to challenge their employers in court for equal and fair pay?
"It is clear that Mitt Romney has no clue what middle-class families in Michigan have gone through, and it’s clear that he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about working women having access to healthcare. And he doesn’t understand that when women are paid less, our families and our economy suffer. Mitt Romney is wrong for the middle-class, and he’s wrong for women."
Her colleague Rep. Lisa Brown added that Romney's bus tour is an opportunity for the Republican candidate to make clear what kind of president he'd be for women:
"Obviously the recent anti-women actions of Michigan Republicans have generated a tremendous amount of attention—the wrong kind, certainly—the embarrassing kind."
"And I think it’s our good fortune that the Republican nominee for President will be here tomorrow, and I expect him to weigh in on what’s been going on here in Michigan. Does he agree that these positions are extreme and will take women’s healthcare backward? Or does he agree with his fellow Republicans, and is this a model for how a President Romney would treat women’s health care and access to preventive care? I say it's fortunate because this is a big election that presents a big choice to the American people. I hope Governor Romney will be clear where he stands."